Mayfair medals at PGA Tour Q-School
Winter Garden, FL (Sports Network) - Billy Mayfair, a five-time winner on the
PGA Tour, closed with a two-under 70 Monday to claim medalist honors at the
PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, or Q School, as it's more commonly known.
Mayfair, the 1995 Tour Championship winner, finished the six-round marathon at
William McGirt (68) and Ben Martin (71) shared second place at minus-17.
Cameron Tringale (68) ended alone in fourth at 16-under-par-413. Jarrod Lyle
also closed with a 68 to take fifth at minus-15.
The top 29 finishers earned their PGA Tour cards for the 2011 season.
Play rotated over the Crooked Cat and Panther Lake courses at Orange County
National Golf Center for the six rounds. Forty-seven of the top 49 on the
final leaderboard played the final round on the par-72 Crooked Cat. Panther
Lake played to a par of 71.
Mayfair played the front nine in even-par, but those nine holes included a
double-bogey, two bogeys, an eagle and two birdies. The 44-year-old posted
three more birdies and another bogey on the back nine to claim medalist
Martin, the 2009 U.S. Amateur runner-up, had two birdies and a bogey in the
first four holes. He played the last 14 holes in even-par with a bogey on the
11 and a birdie on the par-five 14th.
McGirt birdied the first, but faltered to a bogey on the third. He bounced
back with an eagle on the par-five fourth, but gave those strokes back with
bogeys on the sixth and seventh.
Around the turn, McGirt poured in five straight birdies from the 10th to jump
into share of the lead at minus-18. However, he stumbled to a bogey on the
16th to share second.
Brandt Jobe, Michael Putnam and Zack Miller shared sixth place, while Paul
Stankowski ended alongside first-round leader Kyle Stanley in ninth.
Second-round leader Chris Baryla fired a six-under 66 to jump from a share of
36th into a tie for 11th at minus-12, He was joined there by Scott Stallings,
Gary Woodland, Nate Smith and Bio Kim.
Kent Jones, James Driscoll, Matt McQuillan, Sung-Hoon Kang, Michael Thompson
and Joseph Bramlett tied for 16th at 11-under-par 418.
Alexandre Rocha, Richard S. Johnson, Justin Hicks, Andres Gonzales and Jim
Renner shared 22nd at minus-10.
Putnam and Hicks already had the PGA Tour cards for 2011 since they finished
inside the top-25 on the Nationwide Tour money list. That pushed the cutoff
for those gaining their PGA Tour card to minus-nine, meaning 29 players locked
up PGA Tour status for next year.
Will Strickler bogeyed the last to slide into a share of 27th at minus-nine.
Scott Gordon and Billy Horschel, who already had status under a major medical
exception, ended alongside Strickler at nine-under and got their tour cards
NOTES: Richard Lee, Joe Affrunti, Jeff Quinney, Camilo Benedetti, Luke
Hickmott, Ryan Armour and Carlos Franco fell outside the top 29 in the final
round...Along with the rest of the players that made it to the final stage of
Q School, they will have conditional status on the Nationwide Tour in 2011.
Famous names like Jason Gore, Will Mackenzie, Briny Baird, Ty Tryon and Lee
Janzen were unable to get their cards for 2011. Gore and Mackenzie were
closest as they tied for 41st at minus-six.